Running has been in the fiber of my being for several years, 25 to be exact.  Now, however, when the new year comes around, I don’t even think of resolutions that pertain to running.  Now a days, running is more of an enjoyment than an annual competition with myself, and I like it that way.  I just want to keep running!

Running Resolutions

I no longer get wrapped up in extensive regimented training, but don’t get me wrong, I give every run, training run and race my all.  I still prepare for marathons by doing my long runs, speed and hill work.  However, I no longer get wrapped up in trying to set a personal best or to qualify for Boston.  I’m just happy that I’m still running, especially injury free.  I just want to keep running!

When I’m at the start line of a marathon, I know I will end up at the finish line… eventually.  I also know it won’t be my personal worst.  Believe me, I still have my fierce drive and laser mental focus, and I still get that exhilarating feeling every time I cross the marathon finish line.  I just want to keep running!

Every runner has his or her own goals and aspirations.  I personally love to meet new runners that are working towards achieving their running goals.  To see a new runner that could barely run a mile initially, and within a year cross the finish line of a full or half marathon, is very inspirational to me.  I’ve seen it over and over again and can relate to all their feelings through their entire journey.  That’s why I want to keep running!

I have several running friends that have serious running goals for 2013, and running friends that crushed their goals in 2012.  Their efforts and accomplishments give me motivation to keep on keeping on.  So, my goal and resolution are simple, I’m just going to keep running in 2013 and let the timing chip fall where it may!

Have a great 2013, whatever your running resolution and goal may be!


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  • January 02, 2013 2:18 PM

    Sounds like a great plan Jim! Happy New Year to you!

  • Chris Bielinski says:
    January 02, 2013 4:40 PM

    Nice running thoughts, have an injury free 2013!

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